Travel — Ireland
The Irish Midlands
Moneygall, Offaly County
— Obama's Ancestral Roots
Moneygall, a tiny village (population of 296), is located in County Offaly, in the Irish Midlands (see Google Map below).
President O'Bama (as he's referred to in Ireland) visited Moneygall (where he has ancestral roots) on May 23, 2011. Obama's great-great-great-grandfather (Falmouth Kearney) was born and raised in Moneygall — the Irish immigrant (a shoemaker's son) came to the U.S. in 1850 when he was 19. His family line eventually produced Ann Durham (Obama's mother), who was born in Kansas. She married on the Hawaiian Island of Maui and on August 4, 1961, gave birth to a son (Barack Obama) in Honolulu — and the rest, as they say, is history!
Google Map of Moneygall
During Obama's visit to Moneygall, he stopped at Ollie Hayes Pub for a pint of Guinness — uttering the Gaelic toast "Slainte" for good health.
According to an article in USA Today, Obama told the bartender that he first had a Guinness during a stopover at Shannon Airport on his way to Afghanistan. He was quoted as saying... "it was the middle of the night, and I tried one of these and I realized it tastes so much better here than in the United States. You're keeping all the best stuff here!"
While at the pub, the President met Henry Healy, a distant cousin.
Did you know that over 40 million Americans claim they have Irish roots?
Plan a FUN trip to Ireland and see for yourself why it's such a popular European destination. And may the "Luck 'o the Irish" be with you on your travels!